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#101 Ellen Pao: Ellen Changes the Game

Something Ventured -- Silicon Valley Podcast

Release Date: 05/28/2019

124  REPLAY Keller Fitzsimmons -- Startuplandia author on Mental Health in Silicon Valley show art 124 REPLAY Keller Fitzsimmons -- Startuplandia author on Mental Health in Silicon Valley

Something Ventured -- Silicon Valley Podcast

In honor of Keller's recent warmly received recent talk at Jackson Square ventures -- here she is again! ----- Keller Fitzsimmons is the author of Lost in Startuplandia: Wayfinding for the Weary Entrepreneur.  She gives lie to the idea that entrepreneurship is a thrilling, lucrative adventure.  All is great, of course, until things go horribly wrong. “As crisis after crisis hits, even the most seasoned founder can get disoriented. Whether you're in the throes of business woes or just getting into the game, E. Keller Fitzsimmons has written a field guide outlining the terrain to...

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123 Marco Zappacosta: Thumbtack’s CEO on Building a Billion Dollar Company and Helping People “Get the Job Done” show art 123 Marco Zappacosta: Thumbtack’s CEO on Building a Billion Dollar Company and Helping People “Get the Job Done”

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Marco Zappacosta is a co-Founder & CEO of Thumbtack, a startup that lets people find local professionals for “pretty much anything”.  Thumbtack has raised over $400 million and is valued at well over $1 billion.  Investors include Sequoia Capital, Cyan Banister, Jason Calcanis and brothers Ali and Hadi Partovi.  Marco has been recognized by Forbes as top “30 under 30” entrepreneur, and Thumbtack is recognized as one of Fortune's "Great Place to Work".   In this episode, Marco discusses how he built Thumbtack, and what it’s like to transition...

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122 Chris Douvos: Ahoy Capital’s Founder is One-of-a-Kind show art 122 Chris Douvos: Ahoy Capital’s Founder is One-of-a-Kind

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Chris Douvos has a rare job.  There are very few venture capitalists in the world.  There’s an even more scarce job, however:  Several ‘fund-of-funds” exist that provide capital to venture capital firms, and a path into venture capital for large institutions that want to invest in Silicon Valley.  Chris Douvos’ Ahoy Capital is one of those funds. In this wide-ranging discussion, Chris tells us how he made his way up and through a history major to his current profession.  We talk about what Chris has seen from his unique perch in Silicon Valley:  What has...

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121 Mike Maples:, Jr:  A Master Seed Investor Shares his Wisdom show art 121 Mike Maples:, Jr: A Master Seed Investor Shares his Wisdom

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Mike Maples, Jr. is Founder and General Partner of Floodgate, a seed investing firm that has made early investments in companies like Twitter, Demandforce and Lyft.  He was #12 on the 2018 “Midas List” of top venture capitalists. The seed investing trend he identified has become, literally, an entire category of investors.  He is also the host of his own podcast – Starting Greatness. In this episode of Something Ventured we talk about Mike’s path to Silicon Valley, the investing opportunity he saw here, and how it has changed over time.  He explains terms like ‘earned...

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#120 David Hornik:  #120 David Hornik: "The Lobby" Creator and Ringmaster

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David Hornik is a partner at August Capital. He is also the much-loved creator and executive producer of “The Lobby”.  In preparing for this podcast, a number of people expressed sincere affection for David, The Lobby, and the relationships it has fostered.  In this episode David explains what the Lobby is, and where the idea came from.  In addition to The Lobby, David started (with his colleagues) the first venture capital blog, VentureBlog, and the first venture capital podcast, VentureCast. He has been honored by Forbes Magazine as a member of its Midas List of top...

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#119  Joe Garofoli:  San Francisco Chronicle Senior Political Writer Takes Us Inside Politics show art #119 Joe Garofoli: San Francisco Chronicle Senior Political Writer Takes Us Inside Politics

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Joe Garofoli is the Senior Political Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.  He is also host of the San Francisco Chronicle podcast “It’s All Political”.  Guests on “It’s All Political” recently have included California Governor Gavin Newsom, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and a “Who’s Who” of Democratic presidential hopefuls. Very few people have Joe Garofoli’s unique perch – here in San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley – to view California and National politics through the lens of Silicon Valley.  In this podcast he takes us...

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#118 Ryan Petersen:  How Flexport is Transforming Shipping to Create a Better World show art #118 Ryan Petersen: How Flexport is Transforming Shipping to Create a Better World

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Ryan Petersen founded Flexport to make the world a more connected and better place.  He wanted to “fix the user experience in global trade”.  It’s been quite a success so far.  To date – the company has raised $1.3  billion, and Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator, told Bloomberg News, "There will be more international trade because of Flexport and international trade is a very big thing for there to be more of".   Before starting Flexport, Ryan was co-founder and CEO of , a data-as-a-service business for global shipping. He holds a degree in...

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#117 Josh Felser:  A Freestylin' Conversation with Josh show art #117 Josh Felser: A Freestylin' Conversation with Josh

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Josh Felser co-founded and sold two companies -- Spinner and Grouper – for a combined value of nearly $400 million.  Then, he and his partner, Dave Samuel, started one of Silicon Valley’s most successful seed venture funds – Freestyle.   Freestyle has backed companies like Airtable, Intercom, BetterUp, Patreon and Wag. In this wide-ranging discussion, Josh talks about building Spinner and the nail-biting moment an acquirer asked him “what’s your number”.  We also cover Josh’s rebuttal to Kent’s previous episode on Burning Man, and how Josh first met...

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#116 Dan Scheinman:  Zoom’s First Investor on Finding Outliers, Ageism and More show art #116 Dan Scheinman: Zoom’s First Investor on Finding Outliers, Ageism and More

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Dan Scheinman is one of the best investors – and nicest people – you may not have heard of…yet.  But you should know him, because he has become a force in Silicon Valley.  After running Corporate Development at Cisco, Dan became an investor.  Investing his own capital, he has backed from the earliest stages firms like Zoom, Arista, SentinalOne and CyCognito.  These companies are now collectively worth tens of billions of dollars. We briefly discuss the passing of Sequoia Capital Founder and Cisco Board Chairman Don Valentine and his legacy.  We talk about the ups...

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#115 Ba Minuzzi:  First Latina to Starta a Silicon Valley Venture Fund show art #115 Ba Minuzzi: First Latina to Starta a Silicon Valley Venture Fund

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You know her right?  The woman who started two venture funds and a wealth management firm?  You don’t?  Meet Ba Minuzzi.  Ba was born in Brazil, where she started a fashion business in her teens.  That soon gave way to a real estate business, and then the venue changed to Miami.  In Miami, she realized she wanted to start a venture fund – and that Silicon Valley was the place to do it.  Today she is founder of Babel (an early stage healthtech venture fund), Ausum (a blockchain fund) and  UMANA (a wealth...

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Ellen Pao is CEO of Project Include and author of the book Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change.  Her book looks at power in the tech world – and why so few women and people of color hold it.

She famously sued an elite venture capital firm for sexism, and in doing so set off a national conversation.

As CEO of Reddit, she waged one of the first highly visible battles against Internet trolls – a topic which has since exploded as big tech companies come under heavier scrutiny.

In this wide-ranging conversation, we cover a range of topics. From Ellen’s experience litigating against a powerful venture capital firm to the current state of diversity in Silicon Valley she tells her story.

https://www.ellenkpao.com

https://projectinclude.org 

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